Weekend Guide
We're being tactical this weekend. Party tonight (at a DJ off) and tomorrow (at a new Dalston underground tunnel), and then use the rest of the weekend for a little cultural activity and some eating. Check out Bernstock Speirs' new exhibition – hats are imperative – test your spice tolerance and attend a book signing with one of Spain's finest on Saturday. Sunday's all about fried chicken and settling down to watch a decent, Oscar-worthy film.
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Club Trax • SAT Bernstock Speirs 30 • SUN Wishbone
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An Indulgent Night at Cowley Manor
Indulge someone special with a night at Cowley Manor. Purchase a Green & Spring Limited Edition Indulging Gift Set and inside you'll find a gift voucher* for a night's stay for two (including breakfast) at UJ fave Cowley Manor. Tucked away in Gloucestershire, the stately home fuses English grandeur with contemporary style – the rooms are modern and minimal – and comes complete with restaurant, cosy billiard room and the C-side spa (with heated indoor/outdoor pools and treatment rooms).
An Indulgent Night at Cowley Manor, Cowley Manor, Cowley,
Near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NL, £195

To purchase call 01242 870 900 or email stay@cowleymanor.com
*Available in the best available room at the time of booking in Good, Better and Great Rooms. Valid from Sundays to Thursdays, throughout 2013, excluding bank holidays. Subject to availability.
A-Trak vs Mark Ronson
Two heavyweights go head-to-head tonight. Montreal-born A-Trak, the hip hop and electro hybrid DJ (who was also one-time personal DJ on Kanye West's 2004 tour), will take on homegrown darling Mark Ronson, live at the Electric Brixton.
A-Trak vs Mark Ronson, tonight from 7pm-11pm,
Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, SW2 1RJ, £13.50
Reverend JW Simpson
Club Trax
Go for a drink at Reverend JW Simpson's house. The bar, created by the people behind Bourne and Hollingsworth, is an homage both to the timeless art of cocktail making and the man that once resided in the apartment. The designers left many of the original features untouched (wallpaper, flooring, tiles and room dividers), adding luxurious fittings and glassware into the mix. The cocktail list will feature classic recipes – think fizzes, flips, cobblers, smashes and sours – with a few unusual ingredients thrown in like liquorice, quince and mead.   Dalston's newest underground dance tunnel opens its doors tonight for Club Trax. Definitive cross-genre music magazine Trax launched in Paris in 1997, and has since done stints at Space Ibiza, Movement in Turin and NAME in Lille, among others. To celebrate the launch of the English edition (on the iPad), Trax has come to London. Tonight they'll be showcasing French label In Finé, with sets from Paris-based Rone and techno/house DJ Danton Eeprom, who cut his teeth on the pre-minimal Berlin scene. There's also a pizza-by-the-slice place upstairs called Voodoo Rays.
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Cocktails from £7.50
32 Goodge Street, W1T 2QJ
£5 before midnight
95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
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Donmar Warehouse £10 Front Row Tickets
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Donmar Warehouse Barclays Front Row, from Monday November 19 at 10am
Bernstock Speirs 30
Chilli Stand Off
Don the bunny hats and get down to Bernstock Spiers' 30th anniversary retrospective. Iconic duo Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs challenged the traditional ideas of millinery in the 80s inspired by the underground club scene. They influenced a whole new – hip - generation of hat wearers (bobble bowlers, mesh beanies, feather bands). The exhibition showcases their work from the past three decades, including drawings, lookbooks and brochures featuring celeb clients like French and Saunders, Bananarama and Kylie. There will also be a special edition bunny cap available at the gallery. Hop on down!   A chilli-off like no other. Eight of London's best chefs will each cook their take on Tex Mex favourite, chilli con carne. Among the contenders will be Dishoom, Gizzi Erskine, Lucky Chip, The Ribman and Masterchef winner Tim Anderson. There'll be two tasting sessions (the winner will be announced at 8pm) along with tequila, Texan beer, live music, a Milk & Honey bar, and dessert from Gelupo and the Meringue Girls. Forget Marfa, Hackney's where the best chilli's at.
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Fred (London) Ltd, 17 Riding House Street, W1W 7DS
  12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm
From £30
29-32 The Oval, Hackney, E2 9DY
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Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
Situated among the blossom trees of Oozells Square, Ikon Gallery is one of Birmingham's coolest spots. It's come a long way, beginning as a small kiosk in the Bullring before opening at its current neo-gothic home. Fans of mixed media will be very much at home, with the gallery using photography, painting, installation, sound, sculpture, film and photography to great effect. Look out for Ikon 2, a new museum of contemporary art, which will be arriving soon.
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Pedro Almodóvar at Taschen
The King of Spanish Cinema will be signing copies of his new book at London's Taschen store. The Pedro Almodóvar Archives is a visual odyssey through the director's inimitable style of cinema, and features over 600 images (not all of Penelope), as well as introductions to all of his films written by notable Spanish authors.
Taschen book signing with Pedro Almodóvar, November 17 from 6pm,
12 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY
The Master
We've been eating chicken all summer, but the king of the wings has finally arrived. Shake your tail feather down to Wishbone in Brixton Market to sample the very best fried chicken. Scott Collins (of MEATLiquor) and William Leigh (who went everywhere from Brooklyn to Bangkok to research chicken) will serve a menu of free-range, good quality birds fresh-from-the-fryer. Expect twice-fried Korean style wings, their twist on a chicken burger and mac 'n' cheese nuggets. Needless to say there will be no buckets here.   Following his Oscar-winning masterpiece There Will Be Blood comes Paul Thomas Anderson's highly-anticipated and controversial drama The Master (it's also been billed as a serious Academy Awards contender). The story follows the relationship between an affected naval veteran returning from the Second World War (Joaquin Phoenix) and the charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of philosophical movement "The Cause" (which Anderson based on Scientology) who travel the East Coast to spread their teachings.
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Unit 12, Market Row,
Brixton Market, SW9 8JX
  Times vary
Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon Street, W1J 7TY
Big Beaujolais Breakfast
Who says you can't have some fun before 10am on a Saturday? Head to Quo Vadis this weekend for a little fruity Beaujolais over some eggs and toast. UJ's WineChap will be hosting the Big Beaujolais Breakfast, where you can taste 11 excellent Cru Beaujolais not available in the UK. Santé to that.
Big Beaujolais Breakfast at Quo Vadis, November 17, 10am-12pm
 26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL, £35

To book email Eleanor@quovadissoho.co.uk or call 0207 440 1463
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